• 2017 FESTIVAL… 24th & 25th March

    RED EARTH UNEARTHED
    (AKA Talent Quest)
    7.30pm Friday 24 March
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    $5 (Families $10) at the door,
    includes supper.

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

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Program

Plan your day…

The Saturday festivities begin with a 10am Street Parade down Brice Ave. Classic cars, schools, marching bands, community groups, fire engines and more will march from Station Street to the the festival at Red Earth Park.

Upon arrival the festival will be opened at the main stage, with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Dot and the parade costume competition winners announced by Tony Smith MP, before Melba College Band fill the air with their big band sounds.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2017 main stage program

For the first time in 2017, Celebrate Mooroolbark includes a number of free demonstrations, workshops and talks to keep everyone entertained all day.
Jim Penman, founder of Jim's Mowing and the Jim's Group franchises, will be speaking at Celebrate Mooroolbark at 2pm, Saturday 25th March.

Jim Penman, founder of Jim’s Mowing and the Jim’s Group franchises, will be speaking at Celebrate Mooroolbark at 2pm, Saturday 25th March.

Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Program

Located between the main stage and Brice Avenue at the Jim’s TradeNet stall, you’ll find a program of demonstrations and talks throughout the day by local businesses.

11:00 Pickling with Manna Lane
New Mooroolbark cafe Manna Lane will show you how to make your own pickles at home.
12:00 Native Revival Landscaping
Bringing nature to your door step; a Q&A on landscaping, ecology and our connection.
2:00 Jim Penman
The founder of Jim’s Mowing will be sharing some of his own success strategies and introducing one of his latest ventures, Jim’s TradeNet. You may even be lucky enough to receive a free signed copy of his latest book.
2:30 Jim’s TradeNet
Found out what the TradeNet is all about and how it can benefit your business.

Active Living Program

You’ll fine Active Living Hub on the sports oval. Beginning with a Tai Chi class at 11am, try out or watch a number of health, fitness or creative arts programs throughout the day.

11:00 Tai Chi with Jane
Practice Tai Chi with Jane, who runs a weekly session in the Mooroolbark Senior Citizen’s centre.
12:00 Mooroolbark Auskick
Mooroolbark Auskick Come and try some handballing and kicking techniques with the team at Mooroolbark Auskick – just in time for the start of the AFL season!
1:00 Manchester Heights Tennis Club
Show off your skills with Manchester Heights Tennis Club, who will be running a tennis demonstration.
1:30 Zumba with Goodlife Mooroolbark
1:45 Yarra Heights Dance
See the amazing talent from the crew at Yarra Heights Dance, accompanied by music.
2:00 Loving ALL of YOU Holistic Health Yoga
Stretch your body to finish off the day with a community yoga class!

Sustainability Program

Find out more from those in the know, from keeping chickens and bees to learning about biosecurity. These talks and demonstrations will be located at various stalls in the Green and Schools hubs. Look out for signs on stalls with times and details on the day.

11:45 Candlebark Community Nursery

A talk about Indigenous plants and the range of plants appropriate for gardens.
11:30 Viridian
A talk on energy offset and how we can all help the environment.
12:00 Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap
A discussion on bee keeping and keeping chickens.
12:30 Box Hill Institute – Lilydale Lakeside
A talk on bisecurity.
2:30 Dandenong Ranges Green
A discussion about the interrelationship between employment, the economy and the environment.

More Live Music!

Kofi, Master West African Drummer, will be performing and running drumming workshops under the trees near the Community Hub. Join in with him as he teaches the drumming styles of Ghana. Approximately 11am and again around 12.15pm. In between you’ll find Pans on Fire running steeldrum workshops here.

Kofi Kunkpe, Master West African Drummer. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Kofi Kunkpe, Master West African Drummer. Photo by Greg Carrick.

And don’t forget about the Youth Stage. Some incredibly talented musicians are taking to the Youth Stage, here’s the full program of acts…

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Under the LJ Hooker Tent near the Red Earth Room

And watch out for the MOOP Patrol roaming throughout!! WHAT is MOOP Patrol?? I guess you’ll have to wait to find out…..

Mooroolbark Community Centre

Mooroolbark Library staff will be telling Roald Dahl stories, Whitehorse Orchestra’s Woodwind Quartet will be playing and the VCE Showcase exhibition will be on display in the Red Earth Gallery!

If you prefer a more hands on approach try the Green Hat Workshop in the auditorium (for all ages) and babes to little kids can try Mooroolbark Gymbaroo’s toddler gym, all for free. There’ll be a huge meccano display with a hands on activity, as well as a Hornby Trains display.

Noisecraft Studio music students will be displaying their talents in the Gallery in the morning, before the Woodwind Quartet take their place in the afternoon.

In the studios, adults can come’n’see painting and pottery, and kids are able to come’n’try pottery. This is your opportunity to really experience Mooroolbark Community Centre’s programs at no cost!

Discounted tickets for Mooroolbark Community Centre and Red Earth Theatre performances will also be available on the day, so make sure you check in at the Community Centre at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2017 – It’s Easy Being Green!

Commercial King Car Display

Classic cars will arrive in the parade and then pull up alongside the oval for display all day.

Classic Cars will arrive at the festival in the street parade and pull up for display all day alongside Brice Avenue and the sports oval.

Classic Cars will arrive at the festival in the street parade and pull up for display all day alongside Brice Avenue and the sports oval.

Rides

$5 per ride or 5 rides for $15

  • Bungee challenge for ages 6 to adult
  • Ferris wheel for ages 3 – 10
  • Cup and saucer for all ages

Pony rides $6

Animal farm

Map

Site map of 2017 festival

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